Monthly Archives: January 2019

AdvanceHE – Update

Welcome to the January 2019 Update

We have officially opened the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) 2019 for nominations. NTFS celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. The award has been running since 2000 and there are now over 860 National Teaching Fellows. CATE was introduced in 2016 and recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, highlighting the key role of teamwork in higher education.

Given the known and now regularly reported challenges for race equality in higher education, we have published the ‘Achieving Race Equality in HE’ Research Insight. You can find out more about this in our Knowledge, Insights and Innovation section below.

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London, and Chair of the Steering Group shares the latest news on the progress of the Athena SWAN review. The Steering Group is leading an independent review of the gender equality charter. The review was launched in May 2018 to ensure the Charter continues to maintain its rigour and credibility and to be a highly valued accreditation scheme, while reducing the administrative workload. Continue reading AdvanceHE – Update

Research Professional Updates

UKRI primes research collaboration with the US – The first round of UK Research and Innovation’s Fund for International Collaborations has allocated £79 million to programmes with partners overseas, of which nearly £39m has gone to bilateral projects involving the UK and the United States.  For full article click here

University fires scientist behind gene-edited babies – The Chinese geneticist He Jiankui, who became internationally infamous after claiming to have genetically modified twin girls, has been fired by his university.  For full article click here


Tackling social challenges with a new form of partnership – To tackle the biggest challenges we face, more needs to be achieved faster. A new species of public-private partnerships has been used in the UK and internationally to get governments, big business and civil society to work together for the greater good, uniting change-makers in the process. Geoff Mulgan, thier Chief Executive explains

Nesta Education 2019: shaping the future, shifting the system – 28th February.  Nesta’s flagship education conference will explore what our rapidly changing world means for the future of our education institutions, teachers and learners. Register your interest

Nesta’s creative economy 2019: alternative futures – 26th March.  the inaugural creative economy symposium, will unite practitioners, researchers, creators and policymakers to think differently about the future. Register your interest.

Economic and Social Research Council

GCRF Gender and intersectionality and Education as a driver of sustainable development network plus

This call will have two separate thematic areas of focus, and applicants can apply to either distinct strand through this call. One theme will be gender and intersectionality and the other theme will be education as a driver of sustainable development. (Closing date 11 April 2019).  For further details click here

Economic and Social Research Council

Future of social science – insights, opportunities and expectations 

Research funding is going through a period of rapid change, including the introduction of a number of significant new research funds.  There are a number of large UKRI funds that offer significant opportunities for social science.  These opportunities often have relatively short deadlines and may require researchers to work in new and agile ways.  It’s vital that the social science community is ready to respond effectively when relevant opportunities are announced.

This new content will help you navigate the new funding streams and explain how you can get involved with them.

Research Professional updates

Universities start year with onslaught against no-deal Brexit – Groups representing universities of all types have issued a rare joint letter warning that a no-deal Brexit is “one of the biggest threats” they have ever encountered.  For full article click here

Research-intensive universities report drop in EU students – Data released by the Russell Group of larger research-intensive universities shows a decrease in the number of European Union students enrolling on courses, as academics warn of a Brexit brain drain.  For full article click here

Nesta Events

Lean Impact: In Conversation with Ann Mei Chang – 15 January: In this evening conversation, Nesta’s Executive Director of Research, Analysis and Policy Kirsten Bound will be joined by Ann Mei Chang to discuss her book, Lean Impact, and innovation for social good.  Register your interest

Funding innovation: making money work harder – 17 January: We’re inviting anyone with an interest in funding innovation to join us to discuss the range of financial tools and approaches we use to support innovation, and perhaps share some of your own experience. Register your interest

Nesta Education 2019 – shaping the future, shifting the system – 28 February: Join us at Nesta’s flagship education conference to explore what our rapidly changing world means for the future of our education institutions, teachers and learners.  Register your interest

Research Professional Updates

Academic gets four years in jail for £2.5m grant fraud – An academic and former employee of the University of Cambridge who admitted defrauding green energy funders out of millions has been sentenced to four years behind bars.  For full article click here

India hopes UK universities can help fill skills gap – The UK India Business Council is to launch a platform in March that will match the skills needed by Indian companies with those that can be provided by UK universities.  For full article click here

UK research facilities outline future fears  – Managers of publicly funded research facilities have told UK Research and Innovation that they fear the impact of Brexit and a shortage of funding, personnel and skills. For full article click here